New Album From Amy Winehouse Out Next Month
Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the eagerly anticipated posthumous set of music from Amy Winehouse, now has an official release date of December 5.
The album will contain 12 songs—previously unreleased tracks, alternative versions of existing hits and brand new songs—recorded by the iconic singer who died at her London home this year on July 23.
For what will be her third album (after Frank and Back To Black) her label, Island Records, say Amy’s longtime musical partners Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi realized they had “a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.” Because she was known to never sing or play a song the same way twice, it took the producers, family, management and the label some months to choose which tracks would be featured and fine-tuned.
Island Records released their statement with a quote from Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, who’d never before heard a new track, “Halftime,” and described the song as “just incredibly beautiful.”
“If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of Frank and Back To Black we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy’s musical legacy,” Mitch says.
Amy Winehouse was honored with a special tribute during the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) this past weekend by fellow British singer Jessie J, who fought back tears as she described the late singer’s influence and introduced a video featuring messages from Amy’s fans.
“Once in a generation an artist comes along who takes the world by storm. It saddens me that I never got to thank Amy for breaking boundaries as I genuinely believe that without her I wouldn’t be standing here today. She set a new standard for British female artists.”